Comps

Any tips for comps? Mine are in ~3 weeks. I have a study book that I am actually using and is concise and good for the multiple choice and overview for assessment/goals. I am not too worried about the multiple choice portion, more so the written portion. Out of 5 questions we have to write on 3 of them. I don't know how to learn the research/evidence behind all the topics they could ask us. Out of the big 9 I can get rid of a few topics that are too small to have a whole topic on (multicultural, research, AAC- they probably will be included in a question, but not the overall question). For example, if there is an aphasia question, how do I memorize research for all the aphasia types, know the tests I can give, know a treatment or two for each kind, etc. That's just one topic and I feel overwhelmed...

I know everyone takes these tests and survives, but any tips would be appreciated.
One thing you have to remember is that everyone's comps are different. For example, our comps were 100% multiple choice.

You just need to show them what you know. If they expect you to know things you won't know until you're 2 years out then they're crazy. Think of the things you have learned about in class, those things are a great starting place.

I'd take each topic you think they might ask about and make yourself a study cheat sheet with tests, a handful of treatments, and various symptoms.

Good luck!
Since every program determines its own comp exams, it would probably be best to talk to former students from your department to see how they handled it. My school's clinic has some resources for studying for comps...ours are structured differently, they're all written and integrated (a client with X Y and Z issues comes into your clinic, how would you assess and what would your treatment plan be...stuff like that) -- no MC questions.

One tip I'd give is to go back through all your course materials from each class and try to make some tables in Excel of exactly the things you mentioned -- e.g., aphasia types and language modalities, ways to assess each with standardized and informal measures, treatment types, and main points from any meta-analyses or practice guidelines. That's another thing I'd suggest: go on ASHA's website and read practice guidelines, or at least the conclusions. That will be your best bet for providing external evidence for whatever you propose in your answers. Anyway, making these tables for each area of our field has been really helpful for me. Good luck!